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A Map for Our Transition Year. Grade 8 LA Common Core Unit Plan & Lessons. 2012-2013: Finding the Gold. Curmudgeons. Make your face into a curmudgeon’s face. As a curmudgeon, think about the Common Core Standards . Now turn, and as a curmudgeon, whine and complain about them.

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A map for our transition year

A Map for Our Transition Year

Grade 8 LA Common CoreUnit Plan& Lessons


Curmudgeons

2012-2013: Finding the Gold

Curmudgeons

  • Make your face into a curmudgeon’s face.

  • As a curmudgeon, think about the Common Core Standards.

  • Now turn, and as a curmudgeon, whine and complain about them.

From Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement (Calkins, Ehrenworth, & Lehman, 2012)


Your choice

2012-2013: Finding the Gold

Your Choice…

From Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement (Calkins, Ehrenworth, & Lehman, 2012)


Common core gold

2012-2013: Finding the Gold

Common Core Gold

  • Urgently needed wake-up call.

  • Emphasizes higher level comprehension skills.

  • Places equal weight on reading and writing.

  • Stresses the importance of critical citizenship.

  • Emphasizes reading complex text.

  • Clear design, central goals, and high standards.


Common core gold1

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Common Core Gold

  • Conveys that intellectual growth occurs through time, across years, and across disciplines.

  • Call for proficiency, complexity, and independence.

  • Support cross-curricular literacy teaching.

  • Emphasizes equal access.

  • Aims to put every state on the same measuring stick.

  • Respects the professional judgment of classroom teachers.


Treasure map

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Treasure Map

  • Copies available in every school.

  • A great professional read.

http://www.heinemann.com/products/E04355.aspx


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Common Core will be based on these 4 PARCC MODULES

http://www.parcconline.org/sites/parcc/files/PARCC%20MCF%20for%20ELA%20Literacy_Fall%202011%20Release%20%28rev%29.pdf


2012 2013 transition year

2012-2013: Finding the Gold

2012-2013Transition Year

  • Keeping CRES BCRs & Portfolios

  • Assessing via MSA

  • Trying out lessons from one CC Unit

    • Giving feedback to Sue Ann

    • Modifying lessons to meet students’ needs

  • Infusing close reading, text-dependent questions, text complexity, and contextualized and argumentative writing throughout all units


Transition to the common core

2012-2013: Finding the Gold

Transition to the Common Core

Essential Questions

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ELA of Tomorrow

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PARCC Framework


Essential questions

2012-2013: Finding the Gold

Essential Questions

  • What’s worth the effort?

  • What’s really normal?

  • Why do people seek danger?

  • Who is the real you?

  • Why are we fascinated by the unknown?

  • What are the signs of greatness?

  • Can a dream change the world?

  • Is survival a matter of chance?

  • What does a community owe its children?

  • Does knowledge come at a price?

  • Is the news always reliable?

  • When is revenge justified?


Ela of tomorrow

2012-2013: Finding the Gold

ELA of Tomorrow

  • HAL/Diverse Learners

  • UDL

  • Frequent Assessment

  • Speaking & Listening

  • Increase in Literary Non-Fiction

  • Teacher is Facilitator

  • Routine Writing

  • Literature Circles

  • Essential Questions

  • Student Inquiry

  • Research (short and extended)

  • Cross-Curricular

  • Close Reading

  • Emphasis on Argument


A map for our transition year

2012-2013: Finding the Gold

Common Core will be based on these 4 PARCC MODULES.

http://www.parcconline.org/sites/parcc/files/PARCC%20MCF%20for%20ELA%20Literacy_Fall%202011%20Release%20%28rev%29.pdf


8 th grade unit essential questions

2012-2013: Finding the Gold

8th Grade Unit Essential Questions

Essential Question:

  • Can a dream change the world?

    Weekly Focus Questions:

  • What are different types of dreams? (week 1)

  • How do dreams evolve? (week 2)

  • Are dreams universal? (week 3)

  • Are obstacles overcome in the pursuit of dreams? (weeks 4-5)

  • Can a dream change the world? (week 6)


A map for our transition year

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Unit Overview

The Unit Overview is a snapshot of what will be covered in this unit.

Although the unit is designed to be taught in six weeks, the timing is flexible and may take longer depending on your students’ needs.


Also in the unit overview

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Also in the Unit Overview…

Suggested Text Resources: These resources are available so that teachers can address the same skills and standards using texts that meet the needs of their students.


Grade 8 cc unit map

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Unit Map for EACH WEEK…

Grade 8 CC Unit Map


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Detailed lesson plans for 2 weeks on the map

  • Lesson Overview

  • Teacher Planning & Prep

  • Essential Question

  • Applicable CC Standards

  • Student Outcomes

  • Materials

  • Pre-Assessment

  • Lesson Procedures

  • Closure


Also in the unit overview1

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Also in the Unit Overview…

This guide will help you create questions that are dependent on student understanding of the text.

Your text-dependent questions will help students perform a successful close reading of the text.


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  • Use this organizer:

  • As a laminated sheet for reader’s notebooks

  • For students to record their analysis of the text

  • As a guide while students make post-it note annotations

  • These close reading strategies are also listed in bookmark form. Consider laminating the bookmarks and allowing students to monitor their progress with a dry erase marker.

Availablefor Your Use!


Literature circles

2012-2013: Finding the Gold

Literature Circles

  • Allow 30 minutes each week for students to discuss novels with group

  • Use weekly focus questions to guide discussions

  • Reading should be completed outside of classroom

  • Suggested novels provided


Revised booklist

Revised Booklist

Grade 8


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Elementary School Only ~

Sarah Plain and Tall

Sign of Beaver

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

High School Only ~

Hunger Games

Book Thief

“Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Great Expectations

The Good Earth

Middle School Only ~

Tex

Out of the Dust

The Pigman

The Giver

“Romeo and Juliet”


Explore new resources

2012-2013: Finding the Gold

Explore New Resources

  • What questions do you still have?

  • How will you fit this into your current teaching?

  • What resources will you need to infuse this Common Core unit and the Common Core teaching strategies into your practice?


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